It has been a long journey, there have been many steps that led up to recreational marijuana in California.
What marijuana laws are already in Place for California? 1996 Proposition 215:
California was the first state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. This included the Subsequent legislation Senate Bill 420 in 2003, which created a basis for monitoring medical marijuana usage. and the 2010 Senate Bill 1449, making possession of less than 28.5 grams a misdemeanor.
The Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) was an overhaul of the Medical Marijuana infrastructure. Bringing a new light on how and where medical marijuana-based businesses could operate in California. Most importantly making it possible to set standards for issuing licenses to operate.
Proposition 64 allowed adults aged 21 years or older to possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes. The measure created two new taxes, one levied on cultivation and the other on retail price. Prop. 64 was designed to allocate revenue from the taxes to be spent on drug research, treatment, and enforcement, health and safety grants addressing marijuana, youth programs, and preventing environmental damage resulting from illegal marijuana production.
November 9, 2016: Proposition 64 legalized using and growing marijuana for personal use.
January 1, 2018: Proposition 64 will allow for the sale and taxation of recreational marijuana.
Is California ready for recreational marijuana? I believe these baby steps over the years how prepared California for the freedom of recreational use.